Legacy Track of the Week: Sampa The Great ft Silentjay - Brand New
“Cos you make me feel brand new/ I sing this all for you/ you make me feel brand new/ it’s all because of you” More beautiful music from Sampa The Great and Silentjay, a tag team that found a groove with this album for sure.
Sampa The Great - Freedom
“Freedom in my heart and my soul (Freedom)” For those like myself just getting familiar, Sampa The Great is a Zambian-born Australian raised singer who released her debut album, The Return, that was critically acclaimed across the globe.
Sampa The Great ft Whosane- Heaven
“Have I told you 'bout the time where I almost died? Almost tried to fit in with the new tribe/ really I never been the one to have my head heavy set/ but these days, I feel Heaven sent” Produced by SilentJay, this is more flame off a debut album that will likely lead to international stardom.
Sampa The Great - Leading Us Home
“You're purer than gold/ I’m loving your uh uh/ I'm loving your soul” It appears that SilentJay may have produced the entirety - or at least the majority - of this album, and this track right here has some Goodie Mobb vibes to it and I’m here for it.
Mozzy & Gunplay - Cold Case
“Another one, put that on ice/ another cold case, put that on ice” Mozzy and Gunplay team up for Chop Stixx & Banana Clips.
Mozzy & Gunplay - The Low
“I know she been hoeing on the low” Another vibe off Chop Stixx & Banana Clips.
Ghostface Killah ft Method Man & Cappadonna - Me Denny Darryl
“First time I scoped 'em out in front of subways eatin' pizza/ he didn't even peep us” Titled in reference to the real names of Ghost and Cappadonna, this is one of the more memorable cuts off Ghostface Killah’s 13th solo album, Ghostface Killahs.
Ghostface Killah ft Inspectah Deck & Cappadonna - Burner to Burner
“Too much stamina, glitter in front of cameras/ on the red carpet, still clean your clock like a janitor/ favorite Pac joint was ‘I Ain't Mad at Cha,’ skinny jean ******, you ain't man enough”🔥🔥🔥 they all went crazy on this 🙏 Wu-Tang forever.
Ghostface Killah - Flex
“I just wanna flex, headed for success/ I just bought a passport, Benny and the Jets/ I just got a bag though, runnin' up a check/ ‘cause I just wanna, I just wanna, I just wanna, I just wanna, Flex” By no surprise, the soulful samples within the production are a part of what makes Ghostface Killahs a worthy project for any hip-hop heads still listening.
Conway - Half of It
“I been so stressed out lately, *****, you don't even know the half of it/ my homie just finished ten years of his prison sentence, that ain't even half of it (Free brodie)” Conway released his 8th solo mixtape, Look What I Became, and the Machine is as focused as ever on this track produced by Rick Hyde.
Conway ft Amber Simone - You Made It
“I just had to let you know I think you brilliant/ I made this song to applaud your resilience” Produced by Statik Selektah, this is another of the standouts on Look What I Became, the predecessor to Lulu (with Alchemist) and No One Mourns The Wicked (with Big Ghost Ltd.).
John Coltrane - Naima (Take 1)
[Instrumental] Originally recorded in 1964 for the soundtrack to the French film, Le chat dans le sac (in between the Crescent and A Love Supreme sessions), yet were ultimately shelved for 55 years (incredible), it’s a blessing that this timeless music finally saw the light of day.
John Coltrane - Village Blues (Take 1)
[Instrumental] See above.
The Goo Goo Dolls - Indestructib
“I could be the dance on your dark side/ you could be the light in my black nights/ I could see myself in your wild eyes/ if you could take the weight of my soul” The Goo Goo Dolls released their twelfth studio album, Miracle Pill, and this opening track is a nice addition to their celebrated catalog that spans almost 35 years.
Puddle of Mudd - Diseased Almost
“I think the world has turned on me/ voices in my head won't let me be, never let me be/ somebody kill me” Puddle of Mudd released their fifth studio album, Welcome to Galvania, that is their first release since 2009’s Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate, and the alternative rock band from Kansas City continues to make noise.
Puddle of Mudd - Just Tell Me
“Sometimes when I get lonely, all I do is think about you/ sometimes when I get angry‚ everything I do is for you/ laying it on the line‚ telling her all the time/ somehow my words just don't get through/ sometimes when I get crazy‚ all I do is wanna see you” There’s a lot of poetry behind the noise, however, as I witnessed when they opened up for Rascal Flatts in Point Pleasant around 2008, when I was working as an intern for 95.5 WPLJ.
Prince - Shhh (X-cerpt)
“Shhh - break it down/ I don't want nobody else to hear the sounds/ this love is a private affair/ interrupt the flow, they better not dare” Originally only handed out to the attendees of the Versace collection at the 1995 Paris Fashion Week, this limited-edition cassette was served as a promotional tape to Prince’s then-upcoming album, The Gold Experience.
Prince - Eye Hate U (Remix)
“It's so sad but I hate you/ like a day without sunshine/ it's so bad but I hate you/ 'cause you're all that's ever on my mind” Prince was a poet and ain’t that the truth.
Prince, Madhouse - Rootie Kazootie (Edit)
[Instrumental] For those like myself just getting familiar, Madhouse was a Jazz fusion band created by Prince himself, who released two albums in 1987, titled 8 and 16.
Prince - Gold (X-cerpt)
“Even at the center of fire, there is cold/ all that glitters ain't gold” One of the best records off The Gold Experience, a song that Prince was so proud of that at the time he touted it as ‘the next Purple Rain.’
Seyi Shay ft Teyana Taylor - Gimme Love (Remix)
“Gimme love, oh/ baby, gimme, make I calm down/ gimme love, oh/ 'cause I really need it right now” Teyana Taylor blesses the remix to Nigerian-based singer Seyi Shay’s latest single.
Drake - Behind Barz
“You know how the paigon chit-chat goes/ I like R's and V's and O's/ I don't really play no tic-tac-toe/ been with Chubbs through highs and lows” A bonus track off the Top Boy soundtrack, a Netflix series that the 6 God helped produce.